It’s happened again.
An image of the nasty mess left behind by festival-goers attending the Pemberton Music Festival has been shared online thousands of times by people disgusted with the amount of discarded garbage.
Musician “Brandon Cruz Bebe” posted the picture to Facebook saying attendees have no respect for the land, and organizers need to put together a proactive plan.
At this writing, the post has been shared 2,700 times and garnered more than 2,200 comments from people, mostly showing disgust and outrage.
“It does get cleaned up and in fact it’s left in better shape than before the festival.”
Village of Pemberton Councillor Karen Ross says while it’s shocking that people would leave that much stuff behind, the mess is always quickly cleaned up.
“Last year I know that all the residents in the Village of Pemberton were quite happy with the way things were cleaned up and how quickly it was done.”
Camping Ambassador program implemented to improve situation after 2015
After last year’s festival, a very similar photo went viral showing a field strewn with tents, water bottles, chairs, inflatable mattresses, and general garbage.
In response to the 2015 mess, the festival organizers issued a statement saying they were implementing a Camping Ambassador Program “to encourage fans to pick up around their campsites on a daily basis and those who tidy up the most will be rewarded each day.”
In another statement issued to CKNW today, festival organizers say the recent photo shared to Facebook was taken before the campgrounds closed and cleanup could begin.
“The post show volunteers are now engaged in cleanup that will take place over two days. These volunteers are major players in restoring the festival property.”
Lil’Wat First Nation Chief says progress being made
Last week, the Lil’Wat First Nation made it clear they expected better from this year’s festival-goers.
“They are welcome here, but they have to respect the people and the land. They are guests here and they have to act as such…You go anywhere else, you don’t leave garbage and you don’t abuse the place.”
Today, Chief Dean Nelson of the Lil’Wat First Nation says he visited the site and progress is being made.
“I just came back from there and their workers are right on it, and recycling and doing all that kind of stuff, separating the garbage. Good workers, caring workers and that kind of thing.”
This year, the festival attracted a record-breaking 180,000 fans over 4 days.